Permanent deacons retreat to Glencairn Abbey

The Permanent Deacons of Cork and Ross had their first diocesan retreat in St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, Co Waterford from Friday 6th May to Sunday the 8th May 2022.

Photos shows Bishop Fintan Gavin, Sr Mairead, Deacon John Guirey, Sr Benedict, Deacon Frank McKevitt, Mother Marie, Fr Bernard Cotter PP Murragh and Templemartin, (Diocesan Co-ordinator of the Permanent Diaconate), Bishop Michael Duignan and Deacon David Lane.

Led by Bishop Michael Duignan the retreat was a prayerful and uplifting experience in the beautiful Cistercian monastery in Co Waterford. The deacons shared in the life of the Sisters of Glencain who start their day at 3:50am with Vigil prayers and gather as a Community seven times a day to pray for the needs of the world.

The deacons said they were very privileged to have Bishop Michael Duignan to lead them in the Diaconate retreat considering he had just been installed as Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Administrator of Kilfenora on the previous weekend – in addition to being Bishop of Clonfert.

Fr. Bernard Cotter (Diocesan Co-ordinator of the Diaconate Programme) joined them for the weekend and Bishop Fintan Gavin joined them and the community in Glencairn Abbey for Mass on the Sunday morning.

Deacon John, Deacon Frank and Deacon David want to express their gratitude and thanks for the prayers of the people of Cork and Ross.

For more on the Permanent Diaconate in our diocese, click here.

See Glencairn Abbey’s website here.